''The Arthur Murray Party'' - 15 February 1954
Topics Classic TV
, 50s TV
, 1950s TV
, 50's TV
, 1950's TV
, 50s Television
, 50's Television
, 1950s Television
, 1950's Television
, Musical Performer
, Johnnie Ray
, Oldies Music
An episode of that popular 1950's TV series "The Arthur Murray Party". This show aired on ABC for the first few months of its broadcast as Arthur Murray Party Time, then moved to the DuMont Television Network, ABC, CBS, DuMont, CBS, NBC, CBS, and finally NBC (in that order). This episode features special guest Johnnie Ray, a hugely popular singer who was still in the closet at the time. This episode had been uploaded before, but that upload vanished for reasons unrelated to copyright. Also contains some commercials.
Run time 14:26Audio/Visual Sound, Black and White
February 21, 2010
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January 30, 2010
August 9, 2009
Somebody had uploaded this before, but they removed it
This is really not a bad program for it's genre (the "dancing program"), and though some modern viewers have labelled this a "prgram-length advertisement", it holds up better than similar-type programs of the same kind ("The Magic Clown", "Coke Time, "Camel News Caravan").
Guest star Johnnie Ray is credited by some as the "missing link between traditional pop and rock music". Certainly, while he is technically in the traditional pop genre musically, he put a lot more emotion into his music than the vast majority of other singers in the genre.
In the end, this program isn't in the same league as "The Jack Benny Show", "I Love Lucy" or even "I Married Joan", and certainly nobody will rank it with "The Johns Hopkins Science Review". But it's still a lot better than it's reputation suggests, and is a nifty reminder of the rapidly changing United States of the time.